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Libra horoscope for May 2023
For the second time this year, we have a month where there is a lot of change, not to the degree that we saw in March but still significant enough to change the dynamics of the year but in a way that is more predictable and a natural progression. After nearly 12 months in your relationship sector, it is time for Jupiter to leave and wrap up his year long focus on your relationships, which he will do on 17th May. While Jupiter returned in May 2022, it was only in the last three months that things moved into action, with a combination of the planet of luck and expansion getting back up to speed and the Sun, Mercury and Venus moving through your relationship sector.
The Sun left on 20th April, the same day that an eclipsing New Moon brought an opportunity for new beginnings and to draw a new line in the sand. Jupiter is staying on to help you invest in all your relationships while the dwarf planet Eris will stay on to keep the momentum going. It is on 17th May that Jupiter will follow the Sun into your financial sector, returning two days after Mercury's direct turn here on 15th May to begin your biggest year for financial growth and expansion in over a decade. Returning while the solar spotlight is on your financial situation and money matters and with Mercury's smart head for money and hindsight will get this off to an empowered start. ,
It is four days later that the Sun will leave and as he does at this time each year, his return to your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery will turn the solar spotlight onto the adventurous side of life's fence. By then Venus, who begins the month here will be in your career sector, ready to take over from where Mars leaves off when he leaves and returns to your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking on 21st May. The period from 17th May to 21st May is a busy time in the skies, with a New Moon on 20th May giving money matters a boost just as the Sun is about to hand the wheel to Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion.
Love & RomanceOne of the biggest events of not just the month but the year itself is the movement of Jupiter, who on 17th May will end a journey through your relationship sector that began in May 2022. This wasn't the straightforward 12 month visit that we usually see from Jupiter and unlike the continuous 12 months that he will then spend in your financial sector, this was a truncated visit. When Jupiter returned in May 2022, he was already slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn that eventually saw him retrograde back out last October, only to return less than eight weeks later, in the days leading up to Christmas.
During Jupiter's first five months in your relationship sector, he never got far and never gained any real speed, spending all that time in the very early degrees. It was a different story when Jupiter returned in December, travelling through all 30 degrees of your relationship sector in record breaking time. A lot was packed into that time with the Sun, Mercury and Venus all contributing to an investment into your relationships that will have long term implications. The Sun only left last month, with an eclipsing New Moon in its final hours creating some real momentum. The Moon will come full circle from that New Moon from 15th May to 18th May, in time to ensure you are emotionally engaged as Jupiter leaves.
Once Jupiter leaves on 17th May he won't be back until 2034, giving you everything needed to invest in your relationships while leaving the dwarf planet Eris, the warrior princess of the cosmos behind to help you keep fighting for what you want from your relationships. Also leaving but not until next month is Pluto, whose retrograde turn in your romantic sector on 2nd May will see him make a U turn less than six weeks after returning that will see him begin the journey back out again. Pluto will be in retrograde motion by the time the Moon moves through from 11th May to 13th May, with these romantically charged lunar vibes able to amplify a sense of romantic nostalgia.
Business & CareerWith the Sun not returning to your career sector until later next month, this is early in the year to have planetary activity here and especially as this has not only been underway for nearly six weeks by the time you move into the new month but with major implications across the income, work and career fronts. Until Mars returned to your career sector in March there had been no planetary activity here since last August but with a welcome surprise from the start. While unlikely allies, Mars had built a strong bond with Saturn last year, though on a very different plane. It just so happened that the seven months that Mars spent in an adventurous part of your chart from August 2022 to March 2023 were also Saturn's final seven months in a playful and creative part.
During that time Mars and Saturn moved into a friendly aspect twice and they were heading into this for a third time before they both left, Saturn first to return to your work sector and Mars to your career sector. They did come together but on the job and career fronts and as they were used to working as a team, they slipped into this very easily. This has forged a partnership that will continue until Mars leaves your career sector on 21st May, while Saturn will stay on in your work sector for the next three years. At the same time, Saturn and Mars have both formed a friendly aspect to the South Node in your income sector, bringing income potential into the mix.
This is something that an eclipsing Full Moon in your income sector on 6th May could galvanise or act as a trigger for across the income, work and career fronts. This is something that Venus, the planet of money will be keen to exploit when she joins Mars in your career sector on 8th May. This will also maintain this partnership and while the Moon's return to your income, work and career sectors each month brings things together and energise things across the income, work and career fronts. This includes the Moon's visit to your income sector from 5th May to 7th May, to your work sector from 13th May to 15th May and to your career sector from 22nd May to 24th May.
MoneyBecause the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your financial sector, the solar spotlight is always on your financial situation and money matters at this time of year. Yet this month you have a mix of the ordinary and the game changing and in a way that will make this a month of two halves. The month not only begins with the Sun in your financial sector and with the solar spotlight on money matters but with Mercury in retrograde motion until 15th May. While the Sun has the solar spotlight on the road ahead, Mercury has his focus on the road behind, while giving you a chance to spend time back at the drawing board.
This is giving you more time to think and while Mercury will normally rush through in just 14 to 15 days, by the time he leaves next month he will have been here for over two months and all that time you will have access to his smart head for money. While this would always be an advantage, time will reveal that this is a deliberate strategy by the money gods, giving you time to prepare for what comes next. It is just two days after Mercury turns direct and just four days before the Sun is due to leave that Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion will return to your financial sector for the first time since 2011. While the Sun and eventually Mercury will move on, Jupiter is here to stay and on 17th May will begin your biggest year for financial growth and expansion in over a decade.
While this puts all the planetary activity on the side of the financial fence where the focus is more on what you do with and how you manage the money you have, the income side of the financial fence is well represented as well. Apart from an eclipsing Full Moon in your income sector on 6th May, the last eclipse before the lunar nodes leave your two money houses in July, there is a huge amount of support from the professional gods. The Moon is in your income sector from 5th May to 7th May and in that time will connect with planets on the job and career fronts. This will also ensure your nose for money is sharp when Venus, the planet of money returns to your career sector on 8th May.